arnica (arnica montana, Arnicare, Arniflora)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

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Adults and children 2 years of age and older: at the onset of symptoms, dissolve 2 tablets in the mouth or in 1 tablespoon of water and repeat every hour for 2 more hrs. Then dissolve 2 tablets in the mouth every 6 hrs.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: There are no significant drug interactions, when using topical forms of arnica. Arnica may increase the effect of anticoagulants and other drugs that increase the risk of bleeding when taken orally.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on arnica to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women. It is considered unsafe during pregnancy. Arnica has been used to cause abortions.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether arnica enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

REFERENCE: FDA Poisonous Plant Database.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/14/2015

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